There are a ton of major cities with incredible lyricists ready to take over hip-hop, but there are also some locations that would seem pretty obscure for that.
Las Vegas is definitely a name most of us hear, but don’t think of as a hot spot when it comes to embracing or contributing to hip-hop culture.
Ant Dolla is an MC hailing from Sin City, and he’s out to prove that the city shouldn’t be slept on.
I got a chance to talk to Ant, who told me about how he fell in love with rap, his sound, which he describes as “musically delicious,” and the hip-hop movement in Vegas.
Check out my conversation with Ant Dolla below, and listen to his music on his Soundcloud page.
Tell me about your background, and how you got into music?
I’ve always been into it! I know everybody says that, but when I really think about it, we’ve always done some sort of performance. Rap really hit me when I got into high school. I was still kind of shy, so I seen that the cyphers are where everyone would be at. At that moment, watching my first cypher, I decided I wanted to rap.
How would you describe your sound?
Musically delicious. It just sounds so good! I would call it completely human too, though. What I mean to say is that I give you every single emotion possible on my songs. I’ll throw the party for you, and then warn you about dangers that may be headed our way. I like going out and having a good time. I like party music. On the other side, I realize how important it is to use my voice the way I’m supposed to.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
Tupac, for sure. Nas, 50 Cent, and Eminem.
Las Vegas isn’t one of the more talked about cities for hip-hop. How do you feel about the music scene?
I feel like for that reason the timing is perfect for a movement here. There’s a lot of great independent talent doing what they can to be heard and make a little money. I think if we all just keep working hard, we’ll become a go-to spot for great music in this country. I feel hugely responsible for that!
Where do you feel your role would fit in hip-hop today?
I want to tell everybody’s story. I just happen to do so where it’s fun and feels good to listen to. I’m supposed to make great music for our listeners. I take great pride in that.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years as far as music?
Making the best music and business moves of my life.
What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
I’d say my biggest accomplishment is just sticking with it, not giving up, and still trying to learn more about my craft. My ambition is the greatest accomplishment of all.
What’s coming up next for you in 2015?
New and better music. I’m always writing and always recording. You can keep up with me every Monday on my SoundCloud I post a new song for #musicmonday. You can expect classic work!
You can follow Ant Dolla on Twitter: @antdolla702